Community Diary

Castlebar Mitchels fans Luke Munnelly, Kaelan Mee, Daniel McHale, Conor Mulroy, Sean Morahan and Ben McHale all ready for the throw in at the Senior Club Championship Finals in Croke Park. Photo: John Mee Photography

Castlebar Mitchels fans Luke Munnelly, Kaelan Mee, Daniel McHale, Conor Mulroy, Sean Morahan and Ben McHale all ready for the throw in at the Senior Club Championship Finals in Croke Park. Photo: John Mee Photography

Cara Iorrais 25 Card Drive

Their will be a 25 Card Drive in aid of Cara Iorrais on Friday, April 8 at 8.30pm in St. Brendans Secondary School, Sports Hall.Tickets cost €10. Lots of Prizes to be won. Everyone welcome. For further information call (097 ) 20590.

Easter Egg Hunt

The annual easter egg hunt at Brabazon Woodlands in Swinford takes place on Easter Sunday at 2pm sharp. This is now the sixth annual Easter Egg hunt in Swinford and it would not be possible without their generous sponsors every year and volunteers on the day.

Pilgrimage to the shrines of Europe

A nine day spiritual, cultural and historical pilgrimage tour to Portugal, France and Spain will depart on August 29 with Fr. Karl Burjns as Spiritual Director. The pilgrimage takes in three days in Fatima, two days Lourdes, two days Santiago de Compeostela and two days in Santander. Detailed itinerary and information is available by contacting Norah on (087 ) 2533272 or (094 ) 9021510 or email [email protected].

Spring Talks Series - Cong Moytura Heritage Society

The Cong Moytura Heritage Society will be hosting a talk by Brigid Clesham about George MacNemara and his connection to Cong at 8pm on Wednesday, March 30 in Ryan’s Hotel, Main Street, Cong. George MacNemara is well known within the folklore tradition of the Cong locality as a ‘Robin Hood’ type of character, who lived in the grounds of Cong Abbey and rented its former estate. Various sources have now revealed some of the facts about the life of George; in particular legal records which document his disputes with the Tasburgh family of whom he was a tenant. George MacNemara lived in Cong for four decades, was married a number of times and had at least nine children. He died in 1760 and is buried in the Abbey chancel. Admission to the talk is free of charge and all are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. Donations to the work of the Society are welcome.

Patricia Byrne at the Achill Heritage Center

A reading by Patricia Byrne will take place on Sunday evening, March 27 at 7.30pm in the Achill Heritage Centre, Bunnacurry, Achill. The reading is entitled Teller of Tales: Paul Carney, the Bunnacurry Monk and will also include readings from her book The Veiled Woman of Achill.This is a fantastic opportunity to meet Patricia, discuss her book as well as learn of local history relating to Achill, including the Monastery and Valley House. Copies of her book, The Veiled Woman of Achill will be available on the night or if you already own a copy, bring it along and have it signed by the author. Admission is €10, booking is advised. Refreshments served on the night. All welcome. Further information can be obtained from Vincent English on (086 ) 340 6396.

Radio skills course

Claremorris Community Radio will shortly deliver a ten week training programme in radio and presentation skills, at our studios in the Town Hall which will offer a QQI Qualification to those who take part. The course is starting on April 13, and will run every Wednesday for ten weeks. If you are currently unemployed and in receipt of social welfare payment, they can assist you in applying for a grant to cover the full registration of the course. Topics covered include “What is Media expression”, “Using a studio”, “Programme Production” “Social Media communication”, “Interviewing skills”, “Recording your own show”. Register now for this exciting new training programme. Contact Catherine or John on (094 ) 9373737 or email: [email protected]

Croagh Patrick heritage trail

CPHT will be doing their registration at 9am in Balla Community Centre and walk commences at 9.30am today, March 18. Entry fee €20 one day or €50 for the three days. Groups, clubs, and individual walkers are welcome. Complimentary refreshments and courtesy bus provided.

Ireland’s only midnight walk

Once again Kilfian GAA will hold its annual Novel Midnight Walk 2016 around the Breaffy Loop on Good Friday, March 25, setting off from the clubhouse on the dot of midnight. This is now the only midnight walk in Ireland. The registration fee is €10 for adults, €5 for children, with a special fee of €20 for a family.

Clothes collection for Moldova

Íde Jennings is assisting Tom Lennon, United Christian Aid, who is a resident of Glenisland, Castlebar, in this appeal. He personally distributes the items from the container in the village of Iasiana, Poliana, in southern Moldova. This collection takes place on Saturday April 2 from 10am to 4pm in Hollymount Village, Co Mayo. Items (in any condition ) needed includes clothing - for men, women and children, shoes, boots, etc, for men, women, and children. Sheets, blankets, curtains and towels. Household goods such as delph and cutlery and babies’ clothes - new, worn, or old, baby equipment. Please note duvets and pillow donations must be new for customs purposes. If you are in a position to donate a pack of nappies, incontinence pads, basic toiletries, eg, soaps, shampoos, toothbrush/toothpaste, etc, or packets of socks, hats, scarfs and gloves for all ages, this is also much appreciated. For more information contact Íde Jennings on (094 ) 9540047/(086 ) 8311680 or Eileen Jennings on (094 ) 9540107/(086 ) 8234395.

Gaelic4Girls is coming to Ballinrobe

Ballinrobe Ladies Gaelic Football club is delighted to announce details of an exciting new programme called Gaelic4Girls that is commencing on April 15. Gaelic4Girls is initially an eight week programme aimed at increasing participation in ladies Gaelic football. The programme targets girls aged from eight to 12 years who are not currently registered with a Ladies Gaelic Football Club. It will be held in Flanagan Park, Ballinrobe, every Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Castlebar markets

Mayo’s biggest fresh food and craft markets takes place every Friday morning at Castlebar Tennis Pavilion from 9am to 2pm, go along and support Mayo’s homebakers and craft makers. For more information call (087 ) 1622177.

Counselling/psychotherapy service

A counselling/psychotherapy service is now available at Mary Of the Roses in Westport. For more information call (087 ) 9654859.

Cumann na dTuismitheoirí Coláiste Muire Crannchur 50/50

Anyone who wishes to support the coláiste through the weekly 50/50 lotto draw can now do so through a once only annual payment of €100 to participate in all 52 lotto draws. The closing date for applications is March 31. Contact (094 ) 9544107 for further information.

Neven Maguire in Balla

Balla Secondary School and Balla Community Centre are having a Neven Maguire cookery demonstration and local artisan food fair in Balla Secondary School on Wednesday March 30. Proceeds in aid of Balla Secondary School and Balla Community Centre. Tickets can be purchased from the school or community centre; for more information call (087 ) 1850860.

Scór na bPaistí

The County Final of Scór na bPaistí will be held in Breaffy GAA Centre on Saturday April 16 at 2pm. This promises to be a fantastic final with winners coming through from the four divisional finals held over recent weekends. In the words of one adjudicator “The standard has never been so high “ so with that in mind we can look forward in anticipation to a wonderful final.

Flower arranging

Easter Flower arranging evening in Curam on Wednesday, March 23 at 7.30pm. Learn creative ways to use flowers and candles to make beautiful arrangments for Easter. Admission €5 .Demonstration given by Blathanna Florist Claremorris. All arrangements will be raffled on the night.

Mayo Stroke Support Group

The next Mayo Stroke Support Group meeting will take place on Thursday March 31 from 11am to 1pm in the Harlequin Hotel in Castlebar. The topic covered will be ‘Rebuilding life after stroke’ and it will focus on the emotional and social issues which arise following stroke for both stroke survivors and carers/family members. For more information contact: Barbara (096 ) 80451, Niamh (094 ) 9049342, or Ailish Houlihan (094 ) 9049172.

Passion play at Ballintubber Abbey

For the past 27 years those who have witnessed this moving drama have been stirred by the story as it is portrayed by the people of Ballintubber. Many have come back year after year to experience it and have brought others with them. If you have not seen it perhaps you would spare one hour on Monday March 21, Tuesday March 22, or Wednesday March 23. The play gets under way at 9pm each evening. As it takes place outdoors it would be advisable to bring suitable clothing.

Fleadh closing date

Competitors are reminded that the closing date for entries for Fleadh Cheoil Mhaigh Eo 2016 is Friday April 1. This year’s fleadh will be held in Ballinrobe on the weekend of Saturday May 7 and Sunday May 8 with the dancing taking place on the previous Monday, May 2. Entries, on official entry forms, to be sent to Fleadh Secretary, Catherine Hynes, Mountain, Aughamore, Ballyhaunis, Co Mhaigh Eo. Entry forms are available from your local branch secretary or on the Mayo Comhaltas website:

Free Brownie and Ladybird places

The Irish Girl Guides South Mayo District have received a grant from the Irish Youth Foundation (Children’s Hour Grant ), which means it can offer a number of free Brownies places in Bohola and Claremorris and free Ladybird places in Bohola. The free places will cover the cost of membership and uniform. The places are offered to girls from low income families. Brownies is open to girls aged between seven and 10 years and Ladybirds aged five to seven years. If you would like more information contact Karina Dingerkus, regional development officer, Irish Girl Guides, [email protected] or by calling (087 ) 3283587. The places are limited and will be offered on a first come basis.

Swinford Tidy Towns annual Good Friday spring clean

Swinford Tidy Towns annual National Spring Clean will take place on Good Friday, March 25 at 11am. If you have an hour or two to spare, please come along, all help is greatly appreciated. Volunteers will be meeting at the No Name Club on Chapel Street Swinford at 11am on Good Friday morning. Tabards, gloves, litter pickers, rubbish and recycling bags will be provided by Swinford Tidy Towns from An Taisce on the day. There was a very successful clean up last year in the National Spring Clean, with the help of many volunteers and 24th Mayo Swinford Scout Troop along with Scoil Muire and Treasa Green Schools. For further information visit

Workshop on Christian decision making – Knock Shrine

Jesuit theologian, author, and lecturer Fr Brian Grogan is leading a new workshop called Making Good Decisions: A Beginner’s Guide tomorrow, March 19, at Knock Shrine. The workshop will use examples and case studies to explore the dynamics of Christian decision making. Sessions on the day will include ‘Decisions, Decisions, Decisions, How do You Make Them?’ and ‘Does Good Decision Making Involve God?’ Registration is at 9.30am at Knock House Hotel. The workshop concludes at 3pm. The day costs €30, which includes lunch and tea/coffee breaks. Booking is advised. Please telephone Knock Shrine on (094 ) 9388100 or email [email protected] for more information.



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